Starting Thursday, June 14, the Northside Festival will return for a week of film, art, and music across the parks, bars, and warehouses of Northern Brooklyn. To help you sort through the hundreds of bands rolling through Williamsburg and Greenpoint this weekend, we’ve rounded up three shows that we think are especially worth your time. And, as always, we’ve also included some bonus concerts (Northside-affiliated and otherwise) that we think you should add to your calendars this week. Have fun out there.
GZA with Grupo Fantasma, Brooklyn Bowl, June 14 (7:30 and 11:00), Music Hall of Williamsburg, $34.74
It may seem weird to pair the founder of Wu-Tang with a Latin orchestra, but that’s exactly what’s in store on Thursday night. The GZA will perform his classic 1995 album Liquid Swords like it’s never been heard before, with the Grammy-winning Grupo Fantasma accompanying him. Choose between identical 7:30 and 11 p.m. shows.
Thursday, June 14, 7:30 and 11 p.m. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street (between Kent and Wythe avenues); Brooklyn; 718-486-5400.
Jens Lekman, Of Montreal, The Thermals, Beach Fossils, June 15, McCarren Park, $33.50
For Friday’s outside show at McCarren Park, Northside brought out reclusive Swedish crooner Jens Lekman to serenade Williamsburg with tales of heartbreak, longing, and Kirsten Dunst. Supporting are the glitter-loving Canadians Of Montreal, the perfect-for-summer Beach Fossils, and Portland punks The Thermals.
Friday, June 15, 6 p.m., McCarren Park, Berry and North 12th Street; Brooklyn.
Twin Sister, Guards, Physical Therapy, Caged Animals, Phonetag, June 16, Cameo Gallery, $20
Stereogum’s Northside showcase features dream pop band Twin Sister playing with indie rockers Guards and dancey New Jersey act Physical Therapy. It’s a bill that should have something for everyone, whether you like dancing or just chilling out under Cameo's psychedelically decorated ceiling.
Saturday, June 16, 7 pm, Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th Street (between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue, behind the Lovin’ Cup cafe); Brooklyn; 718-302-1180.
Up for more? Here are some bonus shows:
Philip Glass featuring Nate Wooley and Stephin Merrit play the Issue Project Room. June 13.
Jonathan Richman plays Bowery Ballroom. June 13.
Zambri and Ice Choir play Spike Hill. June 15.
Dawes and Kurt Vile play a FREE show at Central Park Summerstage. June 16.
fun. plays two sold-out shows at Terminal 5. June 16 and 17.
Photos: Via Jens Lekman, Of Montreal, Twin Sister